Upsilon Sigma Omega host Etiquette Workshop


On July 22, the Upsilon Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted an etiquette workshop entitled “Charm School: A Touch Class.”  The event was held at Sawmill Baptist Church in Bennettsville.  Approximately 50 participants including Upsilon Sigma Omega’s 2017 Miss Debutante Cotillion contestants, ASCEND members, their parents, and other members of the community were enrolled.  Through three dynamic sessions, participants were introduced to principles of etiquette which enabled them to demonstrate a marked improvement in self-confidence and social skills.   The first session which centered on Professionalism was led by Ms.  Dallas Fletcher, a Research and Development Engineer with Sonoco. She discussed business etiquette, attire, personal branding, and dressing for success. A session on Social Media etiquette was presented by Shaquite Peagues, Director of Ella Baker Leadership Development and Sr. Program Associate of the Children’s Defense Fund- Marlboro County.  This lesson focused on the Do’s and Don’ts while utilizing social media as well as networking and online communications. There was also a dedicated discussion on the effects of cyber bullying.  The teens present were very transparent when discussing experiences. They shared their thoughts on the damaging effects it has on the youth in today’s society which can include intimidation, emotional damage, and even suicide. The group was presented with preventative actions that can be taken to stop this harmful behavior.  At the end of this session everyone stood and made a verbal pledge to prevent misuse of Social Media. The final presentation was delivered by Mrs.  Taheisha Ash of Charlotte, NC.  Mrs.  Ash, the Contract Sales Infrastructure Team Lead for Electrolux North America,  delivered an interactive demonstration on table etiquette. After her presentation, everyone was invited to practice setting dining tables and discussed the importance of family dining and conversation.  Following the workshop there was a catered lunch, where the attendees were immediately able to put into practice lessons which they learned during the day.  The event was described as both educational and entertaining. 


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